By Gary Perkins
Only in Oklahoma can we go have our refrigeration on when we go to bed and turn the heater on when we get up.
For those of you with allergies, this flip-flop from an 85 degree day to the 30s is punishing.
Like many of you, I mowed my yard in shorts one day, and then worried about the freeze warning for the following day — only in Oklahoma.
It has made it hard to know when to plant the garden. After all, it is May and we should be enjoying fresh tomatoes by now.
I know some of you expert farmers have figured out a way to do that already and we all applaud you.
We will shortly announce the opening of our
annual Farmer's Market from 3 to 7 p.m. each Thursday at Langston Park.
When it opens, food-stuff vendors will be invited to set up their tables and canopies free of charge, and sell their great fruits, vegetables and other tasty delights.
Hopefully, the homemade pies will be back.
We continue to make plans for our 19th annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show scheduled for June 14-15 in downtown Fort Gibson.
This annual event is always kicked off on Friday evening with our burnout and loud pipe contests, followed by our cruise.
This year will be no different as we start the action at 7 p.m. June 14 alongside the Phillips 66 station at US 62 and Lee Street.
Bleachers will be set up. The Chamber's tent will be selling T-shirts and entry forms for the competition.
Last year, we had more than 40 vehicles in the burnout competition and look forward to even more this year — as this event is always a crowd-pleaser.
The cruise which follows is free to anyone wanting to participate in their special ride, and a drawing will be held for cash prizes.
Of course, Saturday morning begins the actual car show as entries from around the region begin showing up as early as 7 a.m. in downtown Fort Gibson with their prized entries.
The streets are filled with entries of all types, along with food and merchandise vendors, live entertainment, good ole 50s-60s cruisin' music, and always lots of fun, surprises and giveaways.
Don't miss this year's action. All events are free to the public. To be a contestant in the burnout or loud pipe contests, the entry fee is $10. The entry fee for the car show is $20, which includes a dash plaque.
This year we are also featuring a "free space" auto parts swap meet.
You are invited to bring your miscellaneous automotive parts and accessories and set up in our designated area, your own booth, without charge.
Visit us online, www.fortgibsoncarshow.com or www.fortgibson.com, for more information.
This event is always great fun for the entire family. Sponsors so far include: The Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce, Town of Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation Casino-Fort Gibson, Fort Gibson Tire & Wheel, OG&E, Perry Financial Services, Charlie's Chicken, Edward Jones Investments, Tahlequah City Hospital, Service Master Elite Restorations, Valu-Med Pharmacy, Dr. Michael Nelson DDS, Simple Simon's Pizza, Century 21-Clinkenbeard Agency, Wayne's Muskogee Auto Trim, SonBurst Graphics, Fort Gibson State Bank, David Morgan-DnM Vettes, and several others that have committed to sponsorships.
If you would like to get involved in the car show planning committee, our next meeting will be at 6 p.m. today at the chamber office. We welcome any and all who would like to get involved.
Our Weekly Chamber Luncheons continue to go very good as we wrapped up April at Boomarang Diner. Now we have moved to the new Fajita Rita's Restaurant for the month of May.
This past week we had Mark and Sherry Young, Justin and Lauren Young, with son Westin, Kathy Perkins, Nikki Vahdatipour, Sue Edwards, Cheryl Hill, Justin Calvert, Mike Dobbins, Chad Nordwall and myself in attendance.
Mike Dobbins, a Fort Gibson resident who is running for Cherokee Nation District 4 Tribal Council, joined us with his campaign manager.
He gave us all some insight on his platform and plans. Speaking of the new Fajita Rita's, and their new location on Scott Street and US 62, they will be hosting a ribbon-cutting, at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Come join the Chamber and others to celebrate the opening of this new restaurant for this long-time eating establishment in Fort Gibson.
Owners Rene and Maria Corral are excited to show off their new building, with all the same great food we have all become accustomed to.
Everyone's response to their new place has been so great, that they have had to hire extra help to accommodate everyone as they settle in to their new home and routine. We invite everyone to come out and support them.